[R] memory tops out at 1.84gb on OS X 10.4 machine w/ 5GB ram

Albert Vilella avilella at gmail.com
Thu Dec 15 16:36:41 CET 2005

El dj 15 de 12 del 2005 a les 08:17 -0500, en/na Roger D. Peng va
> I'm not completely sure, but I don't think OS X is at the point yet where it can 
> access > 2GB of memory (like, for example, Linux on Opteron).  More 
> specifically, I'm not sure a single process image can access > 2GB of memory, 
> but I'd welcome any corrections to that statement.  To be sure, this problem is 
> not an issue with R because R has regularly been reported to access u> 4GB of 
> memory when the OS allows it.

I may seen somewhere that OSX has a "per process" limit of ~1.5GB max

I think that WinXP has a limit on 2GB RAM,

In Linux, I believe a process can take ~4GB, more on x86-64 platforms
either directly or tweaking some option in the kernel,

Not sure though, I'm pretty sure someone else can give a clearer picture
on this,


> -roger
> Ken Termiso wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I am on 10.4 with R2.2, and when 
> > loading a big text file (~500MB) with scan(file, what=character) I am 
> > throwing malloc errors that say I am out of memory...I have 5GB on this 
> > machine, and Activity Monitor tells me R is only up to ~1.84GB both times 
> > this has happened (running from terminal)...
> > 
> > I am wondering why this is happening when I still have >2GB of free memory 
> > waiting to be used...?
> > 
> > Any advice would be much obliged,
> > Ken
> > 
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